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    GOD MADE OUR WORLD AND ALL LIVING THINGS

      " In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1

    " For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,...." Colossians 1:16

    "May you be blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men." Psalms 115: 15,16

    The earth was perfect when God gave it to man. Read on to find out what happened.

    GOD MADE US


    "And God said, Let us make man in our image, according to Our likeness: and let them have dominion.........................................." over all the earth." Genesis 1: 26

    MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL

    "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7 (A living soul means we shall be somewhere forever.)

    "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper ......'.And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and brought her to the man. Genesis 2: 18, 21-22

    ADAM AND EVE DISOBEYED GOD

    We should never listen to the voice of Satan.


    "Then the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

    And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat of it you shalt surely die." Genesis 2: 15-17

    THE SERPENT, ALSO CALLED THE DEVIL OR SATAN, QUESTIONED GOD'S AUTHORITY, AND TOLD A LIE.

    "And the serpent said unto the woman, you will not surely die: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took ...and ate. She also gave to her husband ....and he ate." Genesis 3: 4,6

    ADAM AND EVE COULD NO LONGER STAY IN THE GARDEN

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    "The LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken .....He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way of the tree of life." Genesis 3: 23,24


    IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR THE HUMAN RACE WHEN ADAM AND EVE SINNED

    "Through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed upon all men........."Romans 5:12

    Something to Remember
    Every person is born with the sin nature and will someday die because death came by sin. (Read Romans 5: 12 again.)

    GOD'S PLAN TO RESCUE US FROM SIN WAS TO SEND HIS ONLY SON
    To enter the human race, the Son of God had to come as a human baby
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    "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

    "For in Him (Christ Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."

    JESUS IS GOD-IN HUMAN FORM

    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and dwelt (lived) among us..." John 1: 1,14
    "Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled...'Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with us.'" Matthew 1: 22,23

    "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

    JESUS CHRIST-OUR PERFECT SACRIFICE

    "...Who knew no sin..." 2 Corinthians 5:21                     "Who did no sin..." 1 Peter 2:22

    No sacrifice (offering) man could make was PERFECT enough to take away sin.

    "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins." Hebrews 10:4

    Jesus is the Lamb of God. "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

    JESUS GAVE HIS LIFE TO SAVE US

    Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross because cruel people hated Him. But His death was God's plan, Jesus, of His own free will, laid down His life to save you and me from our sins.

    Jesus said, "No one takes it (My life) from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it agian..."

    WE ARE REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF GOD'S LAMB

    "...You were not redeemed (bought back) with corruptible things, like silver or gold,...but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." 1 Peter 1: 18,19

    NO OTHER SACRIFICES CAN TAKE AWAY SIN

    "...We have been sancified (made holy) throught the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."   Hebrews 10:10

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    ALL WHO BELIEVE IN GOD'S SON HAVE LIFE


    "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

    "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated (transferred) us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1: 13, 14

    (Redemption means we have been brought back.)

    "HE IS RISEN!"

    "But the angel answered and said to the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." Matthew 28: 5,6

    JESUS CAME UP FROM THE DEAD


    "I am he WHO LIVES, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of Hades (hell) and of death."  Revelation 1: 18

    "........Because I live, ye shall live also. " John 14: 19

    Because Christ has conquered death and has the keys to death, we no longer need to fear death.


    "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You." Psalm 56:3

    JESUS CAN SAVE YOU AND IS PRAYING FOR YOU

    "But He, because he continues forever...He is able also to save them to the uttermost (completely) those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession(pleading) for them." Hebrews 7:24,25

    YOU AND I CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

    WHICH CHOICE WILL YOU MAKE?

     

    Eternal Life

    Eternal Death

     

    "...Choose for yourselves this day wom you will serve..." Joshua 24:15

    "...Therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30:19

    JESUS IS THE WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE

    "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."  Acts 4:12

    "I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior." Isaiah 43:11

    WHY MUST WE CHOOSE JESUS IF WE WANT ETERNAL LIFE?


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    1. It is Christ who came

    "....destroy: I am come that they might have life......." John 10:10

    2. It is Christ who loved us and died for us. "....The Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me........" Galatians 2:20

    Jesus became a man, flesh and blood like we are, ".....that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."   Hebrews 2: 14,15


    3. Only the blood of Jesus is the remedy for our sins.

    "....it is the blood that makes atonement (pardon) for the soul." Leviticus 17:11

    "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:7

    "In whom we have redemption(salvation) through his blood, the forgiveness of sins."  Colossians 1:14

    4. It is Christ who rose from the dead.

    "Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death hath no more dominion over him." Romans 6:9

    "And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again."  2 Corinthians 5:15

    "Because I live, you will live also." John 14:19

    5.We must have the Spirit of Christ in us to be raised to life eternal (to live forever.)

    "Christ in you, the hope of glory....."Colossians 1: 27c

    "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised up Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal (physical)bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." Romans 8: 11

    MAKE SURE THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST LIVES IN YOU

    "....If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his(does not belong to Christ). " Romans 8:9

    HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY TO GOD

    1. Admit you are a sinner (have disobeyed God).

    "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23


    2. Come to God through Jesus Christ.

    "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5

    "Therefore He (Jesus) is also able to save...those who come to God through Him...." Hebrews 7:25

    Jesus said,"....The one who comes to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6: 37

    3. Repent of your sins (To repent means to be "sorry enough to quit sinning.")

    "Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out......."Acts 3:19

    "The Lord is.... longsuffering(patient) toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3: 9

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    4. confess your sins to Jesus (To confess means to "tell or admit."

     

    5. Forsake your sins. (To forsake means to "give up, leave alone.")

    "He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy." Proverbs 28:13

    "Depart form evil, and do good....." Psalms 37:27

    6. Believe on Jesus Christ

    "...If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9

    "For by grace you have been saved, through faith....; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest anyone should boast..." Ephesians 2: 8,9

    "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." Acts 16:31

    7. Receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life.

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    Only you can open the door of your heart and invite Jesus to come in. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me. Revelation 3: 20

    John 1:12: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: John 1: 12

    A Prayer Guide

    If you have never prayed before and you need help to pray, you may follow the prayer below as a guide.


    Dear Lord Jesus,

    Thank you for dying on the cross to take away my sins. I am sorry for all the wrong things I have done. I ask you to please come into my heart and live in my heart forever. I am trusting you right now to make my heart clean. I take you to be my very own Savior and Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.

    WITH JESUS IN YOUR HEART, YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

    "...God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son....He who has the Son has life..." 1 John 5: 11,12

    "...He who hears My word, and believes in Him who sent Me........has passed from death unto life.". John 5: 24

    When your body dies, you are present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8)."....Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27). 

 

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